Seven Kings vicar to leave post

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 December 2014

Rev Jonathan Evens at St. John's Church

Rev Jonathan Evens at St. John's Church


A vicar whose efforts stretched beyond the walls of his church is leaving St John’s Seven Kings after eight years in the post.

Rev Jonathan Evens’s new role will be developing partnerships between two central London churches – St Stephen Walbrook, in Bank, and St Martin in the Fields, in Charing Cross – and businesses and cultural organisations in their respective areas.

It is a position, he believes, he is “well suited for”.

“It is always difficult to know when to move on from your current ministry but the fact that this is a unique opportunity which involves all of my key interests and is a role which won’t be advertised in this way again has made up my mind to move on,” said Rev Evens.

“It will be a wrench to leave all my friends at St John’s and the Redbridge Deanery, but I hope and pray that all we have done together over the past eight years will stand St John’s in good stead for this new phase of its mission and ministry.”

His best achievements, according to Rev Evens, is putting St John’s on a “firmer financial footing” and being involved in helping the area adapt to the changing demographic of the community.

“The parish is now very much a multi-faith one,” he added.

Rev Jonathan Evens also helped set up Sophia Hubs - a help group for the borough’s business, offering different “strands of support”.

A leaving event will be held at St John’s Seven Kings on Saturday January 17. All are welcome to the dinner, where a presentation of photographs from the recent East London Three Faiths Forum tour of the Holy Land will be made.

Rev Evens added: “I have very much enjoyed working with everyone in a whole host of different ways.

“Thank you for your friendship and support in all those things of which we have been part and also in all we have been able to achieve together during my time at St John’s.”

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